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- January 3 - Dennis Hastert steps down as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- March 24 - The United Socialist Party of Venezuela is founded by President Hugo Chávez.
- April 1 - End of the Central African Republic Bush War.
- April 13 - Tomorrow's Pioneers begins broadcasting.
- April 16 – South Korean student Seung-Hui Cho kills 32 people and wounds 17 others before committing suicide in a shooting at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
- May 3 – Madeleine McCann is kidnapped by Christian B from 5A Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva in Praia da Luz, Portugal while she was sleeping.
- May 16 - Nicolas Sarkozy is elected President of France.
- June 2 - Alexis Flores is placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.
- June 10 to 15 - The Battle of Gaza: Hamas engages their rivals, the PLO-affiliated Fatah party, in military conflict. Hamas emerges victorious and becomes the de facto governing power of Gaza.
- June 24 - Professional wrestler Chris Benoit kills his wife and 7-year old son before committing suicide. His reasons for doing so are unknown.
- June 25 to July 16 - The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs go on a thrill kill rampage in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, killing 21 people and recording it in a snuff film called 3 Guys, 1 Hammer.
- June 29 - The second round of peace talks between Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army commence in Juba.
- July 23 - 16-year old Daniel Petry tortures, rapes and brutally murders his 12-year old neighbor Gabriel Kuhn in Blumenau, Santa Clarita, Brazil over an minor video game dispute.
- July 24 - 2 year old Riley Ann Sawyers is beaten to death by her mother Kimberly Dawn Trenor and stepfather Royce Clyde Zeigler, Jr.
- August 3 - Peter Connelly is killed by Tracey Connelly, Steven Barker and Jason Owen.
- September 12 - Joseph Estrada is found guilty of plunder and perjury and is sentenced to reclusión perpetua (life imprisonment).
- October 10 - SuccessTech Academy shooting
- November 7 - Pekka-Eric Auvinen commits the Jokela High School shooting in Tuusula, Finland, killing 8 poeple and injuring 13 others before committing suicide.
- December 27 - The Islamic Courts Union collapses. Militant Islamists that were members subsequently form Al-Shabaab and pledge allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
- January 2 - Braden Powell
- January 1 - Leonard Fraser
- January 15 - Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
- January 22 - Elizaphan Ntakirutimana
- January 31 - Eli Stutzman
- February 14 - Salomon Morel
- April 16 - Seung-Hui Cho
- May 15 - Jerry Falwell
- May 28 - David Lane
- June 18 - Tyler Dumstorf
- June 24 - Chris Benoit
- August 27 - Bobbi Sue Dudley
- September 21 - Carl Eugene Watts
- October 2 - Vincent Otti
- October 10 - Asa Coon
- October 13 - Bob Denard
- November 7 - Pekka-Eric Auvinen
- November 20 - Ian Smith
- Unknown - Robert Kajuga
- June 18 - Dep. Frank Dezinger, and Rep. Joel White
- June 24 - Nancy & Daniel Benoit
- July 23 - Gabriel Kuhn
- July 24 - Riley Ann Sawyers
- August 3 - Peter Connelly
- August 24 - Sophie Lancaster